By David A. Bell
The 20 th century is generally obvious as "the century of overall war," yet because the historian David Bell argues during this landmark paintings, the phenomenon really begun a lot past, within the age of Napoleon. Bell takes us from campaigns of "extermination" within the blood-soaked fields of western France to savage road scuffling with in ruined Spanish towns to significant eu battlefields the place tens of hundreds of thousands died overnight. among 1792 and 1815, Europe plunged into an abyss of destruction, and our smooth attitudes towards warfare have been born. Ever considering that, the dream of perpetual peace and the nightmare of overall struggle were certain tightly jointly within the Western world—where "wars of liberation," similar to the single in Iraq, can degenerate into ugly guerrilla conflict.
With a historian's prepared perception and a journalist's aptitude for aspect, Bell exposes the remarkable parallels among Napoleon's day and our personal in a e-book that's as well timed and critical because it is unforgettable.